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india Updated: Sep 30, 2013 00:10 IST

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Rahul’s reaction to the ordinance is amateurish and embarrasses the PM
With reference to Rahul drops bomb on PM, govt (September 28), Rahul Gandhi terming the ordinance protecting convicted lawmakers as ‘nonsense’ was astonishing. What he has said is what the nation feels but as the Congress vice-president he should not have chosen a press conference to show his displeasure over a decision taken by the government. This is definitely an embarrassment to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It is hard to believe that Gandhi was not in the know about the ordinance. One is also sure that if he had expressed his displeasure earlier within the party forums the government would not have moved the Bill.
Haridasan Mathilakath, Navi Mumbai

Biased reports will not help in promoting communal harmony
This is with reference to Yet another doctored riot (Democracy Wall, September 27) by Harsh Mander. The article on the Muzaffarnagar riots is a disappointment. The article is one-sided with no mention of the atrocities committed by Muslim leaders. The article, it appears, is with the intention of showing the BJP in poor light, completely ignoring the deeds of the SP leaders. If what we aim for is communal harmony, it is the truth that should be reported and not biased views. The Akhilesh Yadav government in UP has been ignoring the majority community and going overboard with minority appeasement.
Hirendra Chatterjee, New Delhi

Indo-Pak talks are a reflection of New Delhi’s weak-kneed policy
It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government, even after repeated attacks by Pakistan on India, refuse to see the diabolic reality that our neighbour is not interested in mending fences with us. The government’s ostrich-like attitude gives Pakistan the chance to convince the international community that it sincerely wants peace with India. Before holding talks in future it, should be made clear that Islamabad should clean up its act. What is the point in talking to a government that cannot maintain peace within its boundaries? Such talks reflect our weak-kneed policies.
HR Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

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